Insulated Christians

DSCF3329-1During my coffee time with God the last couple of mornings, one word continued to be revealed in our conversations: insular.

During one of my road trips through the Florida panhandle, I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with a famous photographer. I was amazed by the images in his gallery…images of local people doing what they have always done: making a living from the sea.

He told me how it took a few years of getting to know them before they trusted him enough to take the series of photos. He described them as being insular…a word I really was not familiar with.

God and I continued to talk about insulated Christians…about insulated me.

How insulated are we within the four walls of our churches? How often do we really extend ourselves and His message during the week?

Personally, I fall short. There is so much more to do and more I could do.

My prayer for today is to talk with God about the discovering and sharing of His grace. Are we comfortable in church and keeping that private or are we truly sharing His Good News?

The Lord measures our perfection neither by the multitude nor the magnitude of our deeds, but by the manner in which we perform them.”

– St. John of the Cross

Ready, Set, Co!

DSCF2888I am very pleased to share a devotional which was written with my friend and awesome author, Kerry. We didn’t start out with that intention as you will see. Please visit: http://www.granolabardevotional.com

We hope you will enjoy “The Prayer and the Affirmation” along with the selected scripture and image! We hope you will be encouraged to share this on your social media sites.

I’m sure you will also enjoy Kerry’s blog and book when you visit: http://www.candidkerry.wordpress.com

My prayer for today is to talk with God about His will and direction for our lives.

Thank you for discovering and sharing our writing!

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit.”

- Ephesians 6: 18

Time With God

DSCF2832One of my favorite times of day is the early morning, when I am blessed to watch a sunrise over the water.

There are moments of silence and peace before the noise of the day takes over.

Moments when I hear God whisper, “I am here.”

Moments when the lines from Amazing Grace play in my mind: “and like a flood His Mercy reigns, unending love, amazing grace.”

My prayer for us this day is to experience God’s mercy and unending love. I pray for us to find the spiritual time and place when God’s grace is truly like a flood…a flood of unending love.

The tranquil night at the time of the rising dawn, silent music, sounding solitude, the supper that refreshes and deepens love.”

– John of the Cross

Spiritual Time Management

DSCF4006After resisting the many suggestions to have a presence on Twitter, you can now find and follow me @1gentlewitness. I am already following several people (you are welcome to let us know if you are on Twitter in the comments for this post).

Only one problem, however , it is a good one. As I follow inspirational people and read their tweets, there is a limit to my time.

My prayer for us today is to talk with God about our spiritual time management. Talk with God about how He wants us to use our time and who He wants us to know.

My coffee time with God is the most awesome part of my day. We write each blog together and have time to simply be…without distractions.

Blessings for your day.

Contemplation is the highest expression of man’s intellectual and spiritual life.”

– Thomas Merton

Heaven Scent

IMG_0370During my coffee time with God this morning, I received, “heaven scent”. I really like the imagery of the phrase.

When I talked with God about the meaning, I received one additional word: “observant.”

My prayer for today is for us to talk with God about what He wants us to observe on our walk of faith. As we discover and share what that is, allow it to brighten and bless your day!  May you also bless and brighten the day of those you meet!

Understanding is the reward given by faith. Do not try to understand in order to believe, but believe in order to understand.”

– St. Augustine

Spiritual Appointment Book

DSCF2888I seem to be making progress with one of my goals for the year which is to be more organized. As I glanced through my appointment book this morning, I didn’t see any scheduled spiritual appointments.

After I post this, I am going to write the dates for my prayer vigils at church. I am also going to write “pray” at  random times each week as a reminder.

I believe God loves our spontaneous conversations…one of my favorite is what I call my coffee time with God. Middle of the night. Early morning. It is not the time of day that matters, it is the time we set aside.

How are we keeping up with our spiritual appointments? Are we making the time for everything else as our calendar seems to overflow?

My prayer for today is for us to make time for God. Spontaneous prayer or a reservation such as a prayer vigil. Remember, God always has time for us!

I say very simply to God what I wish to say, without composing beautiful sentences, and he always understands me.”

– St. Therese of Lisieux

Spiritual Windows

316Some nights when I can’t sleep, the dogs and I go to the back yard. One night last week, the porch windows were impossible to see through due to all of the moisture. As soon as we stepped outside, we experienced a clear and beautiful night.

How about our spiritual windows? Perhaps they need a cleaning or even replace a pane or two.

In the past year, I took the time to do a complete cleaning. As God revealed more to me, I experienced both greater joy and deeper sadness. God wants us to have a clear view of His plan. We must continue to maintain our spiritual vision!

During this process, my prayerful perspective came into sharper focus. There are people I am reaching out to and new challenges that I am excitedly beginning.

My prayer is for us to take a close look at our spiritual windows. Talk with God about the condition and cleaning which might be needed.

The very sight of God causes delight. At the sight of God the mind can do nothing but delight.”

– Thomas Aquinas